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A Bug's Life (1998)

A Bug's Life


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 77 | Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: Blending top notch animation with rousing adventure, witty dialogue, and memorable characters, A Bug's Life is another Pixar winner.

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: Blending top notch animation with rousing adventure, witty dialogue, and memorable characters, A Bug's Life is another Pixar winner.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 977,985


Movie Info

John Lasseter, director of Pixar's movie phenomenon Toy Story, has set new standards in computer animation with this effort, another Disney-released children's epic entitled A Bug's Life. Blending classic Disney storytelling characters and the mysterious underground world of bugs, Lasseter has created a film that can be enjoyed by all audiences, and another franchise in the process. A Bug's Life is a computerized retelling of the Aesop fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, made as a cartoon-short … More

Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Apr 20, 1999
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for A Bug's Life

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (7) | DVD (39)

A Bug's Life may be the single most amazing film I've ever seen that I couldn't fall in love with.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

This animated fable teems with vivid creatures standing on their own countless feet.

Full Review… | June 25, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The plot matures handsomely; the characters neatly converge and combust; the gags pay off with emotional resonance.

Full Review… | September 1, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Full of adventure, spectacle, light romance, and the kind of suspense that doesn't require an unpredictable outcome to make your spine tingle.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Pixel perfect.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The colours are vivid, the detail incredible and the vocal performances, led by Foley, are fine. Happily, it works on both a child's and adult's level.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012

Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

The rest of the film has similar fun mixing bug-world givens with anthropomorphism.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Sight and Sound

Promotes the classic American ethos of individualism without seeming preachy or narrow-minded, creating characters we enjoy, a story that's fun and visuals that sparkle.

Full Review… | June 17, 2009
Apollo Guide

pure joy--whimsical, funny, and downright entertaining

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Q Network Film Desk

A Bug's Life [is] sure to endure as a superb children's entertainment. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 24, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Entertaining computer-animated fantasy epic.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Decent Films Guide

Doesn't merit much enthusiasm or indignation; it just skitters across your consciousness, leaving no traces except a vague depression.

Full Review… | August 11, 2007

A classic. It's better than the last several Disney animated films. PIXAR has stated they want to be the second successful feature animation studio. They're already there.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

The witty dialog and contemporary humor keep things interesting and entertaining for the adults out there. The kids, even younger ones, have plenty to keep them occupied for 96 minutes.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Features some enchanting little insects and a very hummable Randy Newman song, The Time of Your Life.

Full Review… | June 28, 2004

Of all of Pixar's films, it's the first and thus far only one whose pleasures are almost completely reserved for the diaper set.

Full Review… | July 13, 2003
Film Freak Central

The animation is amazing from start to finish: a never-ending feast for the eyes.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Film Blather

I see major box office returns, and millions more grinning fans, in Pixar's future.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

...Packed to the exoskeleton with fun.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for A Bug's Life

for one of the earliest Pixar films it really doesn't show because the art is still fantastic, and the drama and comedy of this movie was fantastic and as a little kid this was my favorite movie its definitely not anymore but it still is fun to watch

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

It may not be the best Pixar film out there, without the feel-good story that most of the films in the Disney/Pixar universe have, but "A Bug's Life" is a real treat visually and character-wise. It is a very simple story about how one ant, mistreated and misunderstood, becomes the life of his colony, when a bunch of mistakes take him on an adventure to find Warrior bugs, in order to stop an infestation of Grasshoppers on their island. It is basic, and kind of ridiculous, but the heart is all there and you can feel for the characters by the end. I highly enjoy this film and I will continue watching it for years to come.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A Bug's Life is a fantastic piece of animation and storytelling, and is just pure imagination for any kid. Pixar has lived up to the fantastic Toy Story with their second film and it truly lives up to the expectations. I remember when I was a kid and I watched this film non-stop, I mean its hilarious, intense, and overall is just great storytelling. The characters stay in you head with the variety of bugs, and each one has a different personality that the writers all creatively give. I have always loved Flik, he was hilarious when I was a kid and his laugh (the laugh of Dave Foley) always put a smile on my face. The ants represent oppression and Flik the one who wants to defend them, and this makes him quite the hero. Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia-Louise Dreyfuss, Dennis Leary, and everyone else provides their voices and perfectly fit each memorable and cool character. The animation is also still fun to this day, all the colors and environment really live up to the standards of Pixar. This had competition with the Dreamworks film Antz, and in my opinion, this film kicks Antz right in the buttocks. A Bug's Life is a childhood favorite of mine, and is one of the films that live in the hearts of hundreds of imaginative adults and kids.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

The story is a bit formulaic but the animation is top-notch, the characters are memorable, and comedy is great. A very good sophomore effort from Pixar.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

A Bug's Life Quotes

Hopper: You little termites!! I gave you a second chance, and this is all I get! Princess Atta: But, Hopper, we ran out of time! Hopper: Have you been playing all summer? You think this is a game? Princess Atta: No, no please don't do this. Hopper: Well, get what? You just lost! Not one ant sleeps until we get every scrap of food, on this island! Molt: Just do what he says. You don't want to make him mad, believe me. Hopper: No, no, no. You're staying with me your highness.
– Submitted by Christopher S (9 months ago)
Hopper: Do I look stupid to you? Let's just think logically shall we? Let's just think about it for a second. If it was up there would I be coming down to your level looking for it? Why am I even talking to you? You're not the queen, you don't even smell like the queen.
– Submitted by Christopher S (12 months ago)
Francis: Hey, turn your butt off!
– Submitted by Matthew D (18 months ago)
Hopper: Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this Earth to serve us! Flik: You're wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers. I've seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves *and* you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's *you* who need *us*! We're a lot stronger than you say we are... And you know it, don't you?
– Submitted by Rocky F (22 months ago)
Manny: You listen to me, my boy. I've made a living out of being a failure, and you, sir, are not a failure.
– Submitted by Laurie S (22 months ago)
Hopper: You piece of dirt! No, I'm wrong. You're lower than dirt. You're an ant!
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)

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